Friendships are important to people with a learning disability, however people with a learning disability tend to have fewer friends and fewer opportunities for socialising than the general population.
Having an active social life can help people with a learning disability to feel happier, included and valued.
Having friends can also help people with a learning disability to be more confident and independent, and may encourage them to take part in more social activities in the community. In turn, this can help to improve social attitudes towards learning disability because positive direct contact with people with a learning disability is an effective way of improving attitudes towards them
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